CD Reviews

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Jack Carty – Esk

Born and raised in the hell fires of Belingen, Australia, Jack Carty has got it goin’ on. Well okay, maybe his entrance into this life isn’t that dramatic (I hear the rustic town of Belingen is absolutely lovely and completely remote at this time of year), but everything beyond that point is nothing but fireworks. He deserved that...
 
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Normanton Street – Much Respect

When I was a kid I thought soul music was for people who didn’t have souls. Weird, I know. Of course I was wrong. There’s something so inherently sad yet hopeful about it; a quality that seems to inspire people. I guess that’s what the soul is all about – the ability to feel inspired and in turn inspire others as well on a level that is neither physical...
 
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Max Quinn’s Onomatopenis – Self Titled Debut

For over two years now, Ballina native Max Quinn has been living in the big city – its smoggy air permeating his lungs, its greasy thai food satisfying his stomachly desires, its Darlinghurst darlings populating his peripheries, all whilst the conveniences and inconveniences of the urban experience are juggled gracelessly above...
 
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Red Bird Sky - The Unravelling

Red Bird Sky is a U.K. band whose music is driven by the lyrics of the songwriting duo Bernie Maguire and Mike Seal. Their sophomore effort, The Unravelling, kicks off with “She Ain’t Lookin’ Back”, a song reminiscent of the lovely effortlessness that Fleetwood Mac’s music is well known for. This breezy 70’s vibe carries on into the...
 
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The Good Sports – Mandarin Time

Want to go on a laid back psychedelic ride in the comfort of your own backyard? Well, strap yourself in cos The Good Sports will take you there. Pumping out plenty of lo-fi garage vibes since last year, the East Brisbane band give you lazy backyard beats you can chuck on any time you wanna veg out with your mates.
 
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Jeff Ellis - Learning How To Live

Don’t judge an album by its cover – Jeff Ellis’ sixth-studio album Learning How to Live looks like it might be a soft, acoustic record, but quickly disarms those assumptions with the first riffs of “Where Your Memory Can’t Be Found”. The record title certainly is a fitting one, with the track list winding around the twists and turns of life like a long...
 
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Mansions On The Moon – Mansions On The Moon

Mansions on the Moon were hailed as “The future of music” by Chad Hugo (N*E*R*D) and it’s easy to hear why with their latest self-titled offering. Very few opportunities come along to praise a band for it’s stellar production and significant songwriting skills. So often it’s either one or the other. Mansions on the Moon have managed to get...
 
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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz

Facts first. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are one of the most hard-working groups in Australia right now. I feel like a broken record repeating the oft-noted fact that I’m In Your Mind Fuzz is the groups 5th album in a little over 2 years, but if that doesn’t shock you, the fact that on their newest release the group has never been more skilled...
 
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Christmas Collections Bring Sonic Season Greetings

New holiday music collections featuring a far-flung and illustrious group of talented artists are worth celebrating this season. Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, more. Title: An Americana Christmas (New West Records). You might like if you enjoy: Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Neil Young...
 
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Holm. – somewhere between here & you

If electronic, experimental chillout beats are your thing, then you’re gonna wanna take a listen to downtempo electronic beatmaker, J Thatcher May aka Holm.(with a dot for clarity sake) – the New York City-via-Boston artist with a soft spot for spoken word narration and penchant for punctuation. Self-described as “slightly lonely music...
 
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Augie March – Havens Dumb

“If love is a bolt from the blue then what is a bolt but a glorified screw that doesn’t hold nothing together?” There are two trends that I do my best to avoid when writing about music. The first is beginning an article with a “When I first heard” anecdote; the second is the use of superlatives. Allow me to diverge from both when I say: Augie March’s One...
 
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Sounds Inspire Sights On New Releases

New DVD releases showcase film and TV treasures enhanced by songwriters and composers just in time for the holiday season. Artist: Les Stroud and the Campfire Kings. Title: Wonderful Things (Stroud Publishing). You might like if you enjoy: Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, John Denver. Tell me more: It's not fair. Not only is Les Stroud...
 
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Silver Hills – Plasticine Daydream

Daydreams, they’re truly a wonderful thing. Many a Year 9 maths class I’d spend my time day-dreaming about a girl I’d met at a party the weekend before instead of learning what Pythagorus’ Theorem was. Daydreams are a way to escape the everyday and conventional, if only for a moment. But those moments can be ever so sweet. That’s what Perth...
 
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High Highs – Ocean To City

If you’re a fan of getting lost in acoustic-laden melodies of thick and mesmerising dream pop that rolls over the hills like soft pillowy clouds, take a listen to High Highs. The indie-pop duo from Sydney are Jack Milas (vocalist) and Oli Chang (electronics). The High Highs make gently sweeping, airy indie pop that will make you float higher and...
 
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Roland Tings – Who U Love

Smooth, flowing, and full of enough crackle and fizz in his sound to completely immerse you , Roland Tingscreates music that is nothing short of addictive. Melbourne producer and active electronic artist Roland Tings is one best described as club ready; if humans could be air dropped into a nightclub on command, it should be this human… more like a god.
 
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